In the wake of the Buffalo Bills and their fans taking over the city of Cleveland last Sunday the focus now switches to the hated New England Patriots. Year in and year out the Pats have bossed the Bills around like a drill Sargent in basic training. Minus one big comeback in week three of last season as the only blemish on that record. Being at the game last year was an amazing feeling but it quickly was lost in the Bills implosion and missing the playoffs yet again. While the prognosticators are all picking the Pats to wipe the floor with the Bills this guy says to not act so fast! Things just seem different this season. Below I will breakdown why this match-up is much closer than those in the media would make you think
The injury news out of One Bills Drive went from horrible to great in the matter of a couple days. Fred Jackson’s bionic knee has heeled and he is set to play Sunday. CJ Spiller is also sounding like a go as well. While Spiller is still somewhat in doubt just the possibility of him playing makes the Patriots game-plan for both. The Patriots run defense is much improved and while Tashard Choice filled in admirably in Cleveland to win Sunday the Bills needed one of their two studs at least. On the other side of the coin the Patriots Defense is horrid against the Pass. To win Sunday Fitzpatrick will have to make the necessary throws and not turn over the ball as he is apt to do against New England. In my opinion this is a career defining game for Fitzpatrick. With a solid showing and a win Sunday he will quiet the many doubters and have Western New York breathing a bit easier about our QB position for the short to mid term. Look for Stevie Johnson to be open early and often. The Patriots don’t have corners that are suited to stop his growing repertoire of routes. I would also love to see the Bills work a deep ball or two to rooking TJ Graham. The kid has all the speed in the world and was worked into the offense nicely against the Browns.
This one is simple yet infuriatingly impossible…..GET TO TOM BRADY!! This has been an edict in Bills VS Pats pregame talk every since Brady took over the offense in New England. The Bills have not been equipped to make this happen on a regular basis for the last decade. Enter Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. While neither have been blowing up the sack lines it has completely opened things for Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus to create absolute chaos in the middle. To add to that the linebackers are able to run free and make tackles. With that being said just pressure in general will be helpful. Also helpful are injuries to Logan Mankins, Justin Edelman, Gronk and Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez, and Edelman is already out and the other two are Questionable. The corners still need to be on with Welker and Lloyd still available.
The atmosphere at Ralph Wilson will be electrifying Sunday. The fans want this game just as bad as the players do. The chance to put the Patriot’s in a 1-3 hole is amazing opportunity, but it will not be an easy one. Tom Brady does not lose 3 games in a row. With that being said the Bills are no longer pushovers. I expect a real nail biter Sunday and an around great day win or lose. I would not be surprised with almost any outcome tomorrow. I think the Bills will come to play hungry and the intensity of the fans will carry them to a close hard fought 28 to 24 Bills Victory